The other day, when the boy was going off to school, I remarked that the fridge was in need of some cleaning. He said, "Wait til after school, I want to help." Ah, I must be doing something right.
That day came and went and it wasn't until this morning that I realized the fridge was still in need of some cleaning. Perfect, especially since I didn't know how I was going to entertain us on this, our first day of vacation, since it was freezing cold out.
I started getting Izzy involved in this activity since he was old enough to stand by the drawers and take things out. This is one way he began to learn about the various ingredients in our refrigerator. He would play with the fruits in the bottom drawers and whatever else was safe. Now he takes his job seriously and removes everything he can reach from the bottom shelves and drawers. He has his own squirt bottle for cleaning as well. We managed to get the job done in less than two hours. It sure does help make a tedious chore palatable. And not only that, hopefully I am raising a boy who will clean his own fridge one day.